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The Technical Workshop plays a significant role in supporting work in the Marine Coastal Science & Survey, Pacific Sea Level Monitoring, Geology Minerals & Hydrocarbons and Regional Maritime Boundaries sectors as well as SOPAC's Water and Sanitation and Disaster Risk Reduction programmes. The Technical Workshop is indispensable to project implementation success, particularly where  substantive mobilisation and deployment tasks are concerned (e.g. geophysical, bathymetric, topographic surveys etc.).

The Technical Workshop also has a direct role in the procurement, servicing, modification, repair, calibration and cataloguing of oceanographic, geodetic, climate and geological equipment and instruments held by the SOPAC Division. It deploys, mobilises and demobilises millions of dollars’ worth of equipment safely and successfully every year.

The Technical Workshop facility received a welcome boost to resources in 2012 via the NZ Government’s Ocean Sciences grant. Among its many tasks, the Technical Workshop oversees OHS issues and is instrumental in the upkeep of safety equipment and routine safety training for all field staff.

Joining the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia in the delivery of ONUP (Observational Network Upgrade Project), staff also assessed and corrected OHS issues at each Sea Level Monitoring project station and OIP science staff joined with the Technical Workshop to undertake training in small boat safety and handling (March 2012), as well as in Advanced First Aid and Resuscitation (April 2012).

The Workshop has also supported important geodetic work and a new Technical Officer in the MCSS Sector was given SCUBA training under the Workshop-managed Taiwan ROC Grant for safety training and equipment improvements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:25  


Welcome to the first edition of Snapshots for 2013!

It's taken us a while but we've finally been able to get something together to give you some understanding of the work being undertaken by the SPC/SOPAC Disaster Reduction Programme. These are just tidbits of a wider range of initiatives, the developments of which, we hope to share with our readers over the course of 2013.

The year has gotten off to a bang but unfortunately not the kind that we would have wanted. The disasters that affected both Samoa and Fiji as a result of Tropical Cyclone Evan in December required some immediate attention early in January. Through a collaborative effort with the SPC/SOPAC Water and Sanitation Programme, we deployed two staff to assist Samoa's post disaster needs assessment . In February, we provided similar assistance to Fiji (just coming to completion as this goes to print so watch this space for news on the Fiji post disaster needs assessment). We also, per the tireless contribution of Litea Biukoto, were able to support post disaster assessment work in the Solomon Islands which was impacted by an earthquake and  tsunami in early February.

So, there's been no let up this - made even more interesting since other activities continue as scheduled. Alas, such is the life of those of us in this line of work. We have a number of interesting stories in this edition. The Pacific Disaster Net has reached a significant milestone; our work in French Polynesia is making significant progress; the B Envelope project continues to add another success to its portfolio of activities, and more.

I hope you enjoy reading our stories and please 'stay tuned' for more as we progress in the coming months.

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